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Conservation and restoration

Salamander Survey

Explore the fascinating biology of salamanders and learn techniques for monitoring their biodiversity for management purposes at The Morton Arboretum. Sunday, April 19, 2015, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Bumps in the Night

Take a closer look at the natural history of some of the local denizens of the night and explore how our daily lives impact theirs at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Tuesdays, April 21-28, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Introduction to Pesticides-Canceled

Learn to safely and effectively use pesticides in managing natural areas through hands on training at The Morton Arboretum. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Woodland Conservation & Management-Canceled

Help conserve our woodlands and gain the confidence and skills that will make you an effective woodland steward at The Morton Arboretum. 6 Wednesdays, April 29-June 3, 2015, 5:30-8:30 p.m. & 6 Saturdays, May 2-June 6, 2015 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Trees in Peril: Updates on Invasive Threats

Speakers including experts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Chicago Botanic Garden, the U.S. Forest Service and The Morton Arboretum will discuss the progress of invasive pests such as the brown marmorated stink bug, diseases such as thousand canker disease of black walnut, and challenges such as reducing reproductive capabilities in invasive plants. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Bird Conservation

Investigate how bird populations are naturally affected by habitat, competition, and predation; then apply these principles to understanding conservation threats at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Wednesdays, May 27 and June 3-10, 2015, 6:30-8:30 p.m., and 3 Saturdays, May 30 and June 6-13, 2015, 8:00-11:00 a.m.

Acorn Ecology

Large oak trees will produce hundreds of thousands of acorns in their lifetime; only one will survive and grow to be a tree of the same size. Learn about strategies to stimulate oak reproduction, the fate of the unfortunate acorns, and oak seedlings at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, June 6, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Field Ecology: Summer

Explore the natural world of Illinois in the summer session of Field Ecology at The Morton Arboretum. 2 Wednesdays, June 10-17, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m., and 2 Saturdays, June 13-20, 2015, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Conservation Biology

Explore the meaning and importance of biodiversity and its implications for natural area restoration, habitat management, and conservation of endangered species at The Morton Arboretum. 3 Thursdays, July 9, 16 & 30, 2015, 6:30-9:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 25, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Advanced Invasive Plant Identification

Learn to identify invasive plants as they are emerging at The Morton Arboretum. Saturday, July 11, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.